The 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, has launched operation crime-free `ember’ months, nicknamed ‘Ex Python Dance’ in the South East region.
Deputy Director of Army Public Relations in the division, Col. Sagir Musa, who stated this on Monday while interacting with newsmen in Awka, claimed that the prevalent security challenges during yuletide made such operation vital.
According to Musa, the operation which started November 27 to end December 27, will target crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping, abduction, herdsmen/farmers clashes, communal clashes and violent secessionist attacks, others.
This is coming on the heels a report b Amnesty International which indicted Nigerian security forces of the gruesome murder of over 150 South eastern youths,
Col Musa went further to say that the army and other security agencies would synergise and cooperate comprehensively in the exercise in the five eastern states in order to achieve its desired aim.
Musa, who said that the operation was sequel to appraisal of the huge security challenges and scenarios across the country by the chief of army staff added, “Consequently, he directed the conduct of both command post and field training exercises as a way of enhancing troops’ preparedness across the country.’’
He also said, “Nigerian Army corps and services will conduct activities such as medical outreach, repair of roads, schools and other infrastructure across the South East region.”
This operation is coming on the heels of Amnesty International report with video evidence of how Nigerian security forces allegedly killed over 150 South-Eastern youth protesters demanding for a separate state of Biafra, an allegation the force denied.
Recall also that there have been cries and allegations of human rights abuses by troops deployed in the Niger Delta region to curb the activities of Niger Delta militants.
By Ebere Ndukwu …
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